May 14th, 2013

How smoking early in life kills you

art_histerIf you’re still lighting up, and the great news is that the number of people smoking has been dropping steadily albeit slowly in Canada, here’s a study to perhaps make you stop.

In a terrific long-term study of nearly 30,000 Harvard students between the years 1916 and 1950 (published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology), men who started smoking at age 18 or younger (and this was amazingly common once upon a time and unfortunately still is common) had a 30 % higher risk of dying at any age compared to men who didn’t smoke.

The somewhat good news, though, is that although men who started smoking early but subsequently stopped smoking still had an increased risk of dying compared to never-smokers, the former did drop their risk of dying compared to men who continued to smoke.

By the way, there is no reason to believe that the same doesn’t apply to women.

If you smoke, quit now.

No ifs ands or butts (a la Edith Zittler).



January 17th, 2013

London Drugs Smoking Cessation Clinics available

From January 20 to 26, Canadians will be recognizing National Non-Smoking Week. If you have been a smoker and are looking for a reason to quit this could be the perfect week to start.

Those looking to quit can book a complimentary appointment to attend the Smoking Cessation Clinic with a London Drugs Pharmacist. This one-on-one, 30-minute appointment is designed to create a clear quitting plan. READ MORE

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